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Precious and Semi Precious Birthstones

Updated on October 20, 2015
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Anamika S Jain is a social media consultant and blogger. She is passionate about topics like astrology, numerology, feng shui and gemstones.

Gemstone Types

The human body consists of life force which if flown freely brings in happiness, health and vitality. But if there are blockages in this life force because of which it does not flow it results in dis-harmonies in life. According to Astrology, the position or effects of planets in the horoscope are responsible for these blockages. The malefic effects of planets in our life can be remedied by chanting the mantras related to those planets, performing puja's or by wearing suitable gemstones related to the planets because of the healing properties gemstones possess. There are nine stones related to the nine planets and several sub stones which are mentioned in Vedic literature.

Gems have been in existence from time immemorial. The proof of that is the mention of kaushtaba mani on the chest of Lord Vishnu and the mention of gemstones in the Book of Exodus in the Bible. For thousands of years gems have been used in Ayurveda in the form of powders for treating diseases and for physical healing because of its ability to release toxins and negative energies from the human body. Gems are used to make beautiful jewels and as a mode of displaying wealth. According to Astrology each zodiac sign is ruled by a planet and the cosmic vibrations of the planets affects our life. The Gemstones related to the planet absorb or reflect the vibration of the planet they are related to which means if a person is suffering from the malefic effect of a planet it can be remedied by wearing the correct stone which can counteract the negative effects and allow only the positive effects reach the individual.

Gemstone Types - Precious, Semiprecious and Birthstones
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Precious and Semiprecious Gemstones

According to Wikipedia a gemstone or gem, also called a precious or semi-precious stone, is a piece of attractive mineral, which when cut and polished is used to make jewelry or other adornments.

There are nine precious stones representing the nine different planets. The navaratnas or nine gemstones representing the navagrahas or nine planets are Ruby, Pearl, Yellow Sapphire, Emerald, Diamond, Red Coral, Blue Sapphire, Gomedh and Cats Eye which represents sun, moon,Jupiter,mercury,Venus,mars, Saturn, rahu and ketu respectively.

There are many substitute gemstones out of which Turquoise, Peridot, Topaz, Amethyst, Tourmaline, Rock Crystal,Garnet, Moonstone, Aquamarine, Jade, Bloodstone, Lapis Lazuli, Agate, Amber, Kidney Stone, Onyx and Malachite are a few which are extremely popular like the precious gemstones.


Gemstones are also worn on the basis of the month of birth. Gemstones based on the date of birth are referred to as ‘Birth stones'.

The gemstones on the basis of birth month are as follows:-

January Garnet

February Amethyst

March Aquamarine

April Diamond

May Emerald

June Pearl

July Ruby

Augest Peridot

September Sapphire

October Opal

November Topaz

December Turquoise

Check out the Modern and Traditional Gemstones List.


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